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Fast-moving storm leaves flood warning for Colorado Springs area in its wake

By: The Gazette
May 31, 2014 Updated: May 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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Cars plow through high-water at Chelton Rd. and Santa Rosa on Saturday afternoon. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

With black, ominous clouds gathering above Pikes Peak Saturday afternoon, it looked like the Colorado Springs area would get hammered with flooding and damaging hail once again.

For a brief period, areas of the city were pelted with small hail and sheets of blinding rain. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for El Paso County, and later, a flash flood warning.

But the storm moved through quickly, and few problems were reported.

Nickle-sized hail hit parts of southwest and west Colorado Springs, and there were reports of minor street flooding as the storm dumped a little more than an inch of rain in a short amount of time - at least in some parts of town.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo reported that 1 inch of rain fell in 10 minutes in just north of downtown. However, at Colorado Springs Airport, only .41 inches fell, and it was even less at Garden of the Gods Park, where .27 inches of rain was reported. Just southeast of Manitou Springs, .41 inches of rain was reported.

Elsewhere in the state, the National Weather Service issued flood warnings or advisories for much of northern and parts of central Colorado. A small-stream and river-flood advisory is in effect until 9:15 a.m. Monday for Jackson and Grand counties "because of the much warmer weather and accelerated snowmelt over the last few days," the agency said.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office was telling residents in tweets that the weather service also issued a small-steam flood advisory for parts of the county, including the Buckhorn Mountain area. Minor flooding was reported at eight to 10 houses in one area in Laporte.

Sunday looks to be rain-free in the Springs area. Rain is expected "only in the far eastern plains," said Peggy Perales, of the National Weather Service.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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